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Some ballot propositions require little thought

Arizona voters will be looking at no fewer than 14 statewide ballot propositions on the Nov. 5 ballot.

It's enough to make anyone feel as overwhelmed as a mosquito in a nudist camp, but some of the propositions should be easy decisions to any reasonable person.

The Daily Courier is not trying to tell anyone how to vote, but it hopes to make voters think by taking positions on some of the issues, including:

• Proposition 101 would amend the state Constitution to allow the state to exchange state trust lands only for other public land and only if the exchange is in the best interests of the state land trust. It can exchange only for land of equal appraised value and only after public hearings. It deserves a "yes" vote.

• Proposition 102 would resolve some confusion and unintended consequences of a voter-approved 2000 proposition which allows senior citizens who qualify to freeze the value of their residential property for tax purposes.

It more clearly defines eligibility criteria. It definitely deserves a "yes" vote.

• Proposition 103 would amend the state Constitution to prohibit bail for anyone facing charges of sexual assault, sexual conduct with a minor younger than 15 or molestation of a minor younger than 15.

While it makes sense to throw several books at people convicted of such crimes, this measure not only could cause crowding issues in jails and what's worse, it probably will not stand a federal constitutional test. We may as well vote "no" now, before the U.S. Supreme Court does.

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